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Topic - Edward Flynn
A father who lost his son in the Newtown shootings pleaded with senators to act on gun control at a Wednesday hearing and Vice President Joseph R. Biden proclaimed that the political dynamics of the issue have irrevocably changed — but opponents of President Obama's proposals showed no signs of budging and a key lawmaker said universal background checks are unlikely to pass Congress.
A father who lost his son in the Newtown, Conn., shootings pleaded with senators to act on gun control at a Wednesday hearing, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden proclaimed that the political dynamics of the issue have irrevocably changed.
"You know what? It doesn't matter -- it's a paper thing," Chief Flynn said. "I want to stop 76,000 people from buying guns illegally -- that's what a background check does. If you think we're going to do paperwork prosecutions, you're wrong."
"I guess the point is if we don't want the wrong people to own guns, which we all agree, the one way to do that is to take the system that's supposed to make the distinction between a person who should and shouldn't and enforce it," he said.